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The PDL Players to Watch list includes players named to and considered for the six 2016 PDL Top Prospects lists throughout the summer. More than 20 scouts across North America provided the PDL with valuable insight on players who were performing at the highest level within the league, possessed strong technical and tactical qualities and had the potential to play at the professional level. The Top Prospects list serves as a useful resource for professional clubs who are interested in identifying and scouting high-level performers.
Dutch Lions talent Lynch was instrumental in helping Wright State secure two wins.
On Wednesday, the senior forward scored the game-winner in 1-0 victory over Eastern Illinois. Lynch, who earned All-Horizon League Team honors in 2015, Horizon League Offensive Player of the Year in 2014 and Horizon League All-Freshman Team honors in 2013, then provided one assist in Wright State’s 4-0 win against Northern Kentucky.
Lennon was perfect against Big East Conference foe DePaul at Wish Field in Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday.
The senior forward, who transferred to the Bluejays from Virginia, put four shots on frame and all four beat DePaul goalkeeper Quentin Low. Lennon, a standout performer for Lane United FC during the 2016 PDL regular season, became the sixth player in program history to score four goals in one game for Creighton.
In one of the games to watch in the NAIA, Guinovart proved to be the hero for Rio Grande.
The junior midfielder from Barcelona, Spain, scored the game-winning goal in the 87th minute against PDL standout Aleksi Pahkasalo and Lindsey Wilson. The 2-1 win moves Rio Grande to 8-1 in the 2016 college campaign, while Guinovart now has five goals and three assists in nine games played. Guinovart shined for the South Florida Surf in 2016, finishing the season ranked 16th on the final edition of the PDL Top Prospects list.
Ocean City Nor'easters midfielder Galvao was a standout performer in two wins for Pfeiffer.
Galvao, who finished the 2016 PDL regular season ranked 24th on the PDL Top Prospects list, scored one goal and provided one assist in a 5-0 win vs. Francis Marion on Wednesday before netting a goal and providing two assists in Pfeiffer’s 5-2 victory vs. Lees-McRae on Saturday. The midfielder now has three goals and five assists in seven games this college campaign.
K-W United FC's König played a major role in Hawaii Pacific's first two wins of the 2016 college season.
Named 2016 PDL Young Player of the Year after scoring 12 goals and providing one assist for K-W United, König scored three goals and assisted one in Hawaii Pacific’s 6-0 win vs. Holy Names. He then scored the game-winner in a 1-0 result vs. Dominican (California).
OKC Energy U23 midfielder Taylor scored one goal and provided two assists in St. Edwards’ 4-1 win vs. UT-Permian Basin.
Taylor, named to the 2016 PDL All-League Team and ranked ninth on the final edition of the PDL Top Prospects list, now has three goals and two assists in eight games for St. Edwards. Taylor earned Heartland Conference Player of the Year honors in 2015.
Heavner, who finished 43rd on the PDL Top Prospects list, helped UMBC record two big wins with quality performances in goal.
The senior netminder made three saves in a 3-0 win vs. Howard before making six saves in a 2-1 win on the road vs. La Salle. Heavner played in seven games for the Baltimore Bohemians in 2016, making 27 saves while recording a 1.50 goals against average. In nine games for UMBC in the 2016 college season, Heavner has 28 stops and a 1.01 goals against average.
De Vries led Saint Francis’ back line to another shutout on Wednesday.
The Michigan Bucks veteran defender helped Saint Francis secure a 3-0 win – the program’s fourth shutout of the year – vs. Bucknell at the Stokes Soccerplex in Loretto, Pennsylvania. De Vries, who has won two PDL championships with the Bucks, played all 90 minutes in the contest, helping the back line shut down Bucknell while also attempting two shots.